Little Silver Leaf
Little Silver Leaf

Well, the Christmas shopping is well underway! Presents are being bought (and hidden!) and cards are being written. We’re writing lots of lists to make sure we don’t forget anything – or anyone! I love this time of year, especially shopping for something special for family and friends. I’m a stationery addict, and this extends to Christmas cards and gift…

Christmas Colour with Kali Stileman
Christmas Colour with Kali Stileman

With Christmas fast approaching (yes, I’m finally blogging about Christmas!), my thoughts are turning to Christmas cards. This year I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous range of Christmas cards by Kali Stileman! I have long been a fan of Kali’s work, I love her bold and fun use of colour, and her distinctive style which sets her apart from…

Bloomsbury Children’s Books – Autumn 2017
Bloomsbury Children’s Books – Autumn 2017

Both my 8 and my 6 year old are becoming fluent readers, and recently both have taken a step away from their ‘reading books’ into the world of real literature. They are ready for texts which require more reading stamina. This is a tricky time as their confidence is riding high and they want to read lengthier books. However, sometimes…

Snapshots of Life
Snapshots of Life

The other day I read a lovely article in the John Lewis magazine. India Knight was discussing how she passionately believes you should put the ‘heart’ into the home, especially in this era of minimalism. This is something I constantly struggle with! I want a home which is clean, cool and soothing… Yet I also want to have around me…

Visiting Petersham Nurseries Richmond
Visiting Petersham Nurseries Richmond

Well, over the past couple of weeks I’ve been following my own advice, and embracing all the joy that a change of seasons brings with it! I’ve been out and about and we had a wonderful family visit to Petersham Nurseries last weekend! Petersham Nurseries has long been on my ‘to visit’ list, as I’ve heard nothing but good things…

Embracing the End of Summer
Embracing the End of Summer

Well September is well and truly underway, and summer feels like a lifetime ago! I don’t know about you, but I always feel that as soon as the September routine kicks in everything which has gone before seems to become a bit of a blur! I know for some people the end of summer and the beginning of autumn can…

The Rattan Revolution
The Rattan Revolution

When I think of rattan, I tend to think of decorative items such as baskets and plant containers. More recently rattan has been used for furniture, mainly due to its qualities. it is lightweight, durable, suitable for outdoor use, and (to a certain extent) flexible. Rattan is somewhat similar to bamboo, it accepts paint really well and does not splinter.…

Introducing Home Monsoon
Introducing Home Monsoon

HOME by Monsoon is a new homeware collection that sets the tone for stylish, modern living with warmth, colour and personality. It’s exactly the kind of collection I’d expect Monsoon to launch, with super contemporary style and attention to detail. Designed exclusively in London, the range spans artfully-crafted furniture, plush textiles and thoughtful accessories. All of which will breathe new…

Scents from Skye
Scents from Skye

I’ve made no secret of how much I love using candles and fragrances to create ambience at home. Whether it’s winter hygge comfort or summer freshness, there’s a scented candle for every season. I love the way scents evoke memories, there is very little in this world more memorable than a scent… With this in mind I was delighted to…

The Art of the Natural Home: A Review
The Art of the Natural Home: A Review

In our increasingly complex and fast-paced world, many people are seeking a simpler, paired down lifestyle. Interest in sustainability, natural products and mindfulness are now high on people’s agendas, and rightly so! Time always seems to be at a premium, yet more and more people are taking the time to create their own homemade products using simple, natural ingredients. The Art of…

Top Tips for a New Start-Up Business
Top Tips for a New Start-Up Business

These days more and more people are getting into ‘start-ups’, and they are becoming an increasingly popular way for individuals who want to take control of their own financial and employment destiny. As a blogger/writer and photographer I’ve had a lot of experience of start-ups in the last 5 years, and wanted to share with you some practical advice which I’ve…

Living on the Wild Side with the Leckford Estate
Living on the Wild Side with the Leckford Estate

I have made no secret of my love of the outdoors, and of gardening! I would love a cut flower garden so that I could grow and enjoy flowers all year round! This is an achievable goal, if I plan it properly! Maybe one day, if we have a bigger garden, I’ll be able to fulfil that dream! In the meantime…